Cast Iron

Jichan's Tortilla Eggs

September 18, 2020
4 Ratings
Photo by Julia Gartland
  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Cook time 7 minutes
  • Serves 1
Author Notes

Tortilla eggs, as my jichan called them, are similar to Tex-Mex migas, an egg-y breakfast dish starring tortilla chips. You can throw in pretty much any available meat, beans, or vegetables after step four (think: black beans, onions, peppers, sausage), and any kind of tortillas will work. My favorite version includes fresh chorizo sausage, along with onions and peppers. The recipe scales for a bigger crowd, but it excels as a quick back-pocket solo breakfast as well.
Caroline Hatano

What You'll Need
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 pinch kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 small corn tortillas
  • 1 fresh chorizo sausage link
  • 1/2 poblano pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 scallion, sliced
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 pinch cotija cheese (to top)
  • 1 dash hot sauce (optional)
  1. Cracks eggs into a medium bowl, season with salt and pepper, and whisk gently.
  2. Heat a couple tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Rip tortillas into bite-size pieces, adding them to the skillet as you go (taking care not to overcrowd them).
  4. Fry tortilla pieces 2 to 4 minutes until golden-brown on both sides, then remove from skillet and set aside.
  5. Add sausage link to skillet and brown, breaking up with a wooden spoon.
  6. Once cooked through, add sliced pepper and onion and cook until softened.
  7. Lower heat to medium-low and return the fried tortilla pieces to the skillet.
  8. Pour beaten eggs into skillet, being sure to cover the tortilla pieces, then cook to desired doneness.
  9. Serve topped with sliced scallion, cilantro, cotija cheese, and lots of your favorite hot sauce.

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3 Reviews

Jessamin November 27, 2020
This is fantastic. If you frequently end up with a few corn tortillas in your pack after "taco night" or whatever, this is the way to go to use them. Endlessly adaptable, and I love a recipe that teaches me a new method. All the stars for this one!
KatiMay October 4, 2020
I made this recipe this morning - delicious! I love reading about food and family. This article is so special.
Carina October 3, 2020
Made it this morning. Delicious and easy to make! The recipe is easy to adapt to whatever toppings you have in the fridge. Loved it!